Researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Duke University, and IBM are leading a project to build a nationwide testbed for networking and networked cloud computing.
The project, which is part of the U.S. National Science Foundation's Global Environment for Network Innovation (GENI) initiative, will operate 13 ExoGENI sites at research universities and labs across the United States using software based on the Open Resource Control Architecture (ORCA) to control the networked cloud infrastructure.
Each ExoGENI site will connect to a variety of advanced research networks offering dynamic circuit capabilities and programmable control. Duke, UNC, and North Carolina State University will be linked together using RENCI's Breakable Experimental Network (BEN), which will be connected to the National Lambda Rail, Internet2, and the U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Sciences Network. The ORCA control software will enable researchers to develop on-demand private virtual networks among the research institutions and ExoGENI sites. ExoGENI sites will be able to transfer data at 10 gigabits per second (Gbp/s) and possibly up to 100 Gbp/s in the future.
The ExoGENI sites will launch over the next two years, and the first four sites are expected to be fully operational by the end of September 2012.
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